8 November 2019, Berlin: Gideon Joffe (l-r), Chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin, and Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America, are visited by Anja Siegemund, Director of the New Synagogue Foundation Berlin, during a visit to the New Synagogue in Berlin to explain the current exhibition in the museum.
Together with the chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin, Gideon Joffe, Pompeo informed himself on Friday, 8 November 2019 about the history of the New Synagogue. It is the most important Jewish church in the German capital. After the tour, Pompeo met behind closed doors with four Holocaust survivors.
Pompeo to unveil Reagan statue
This morning, Pompeo had met Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU). In the afternoon, a conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is on the agenda. After a meeting with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), a statue of former US President Ronald Reagan is to be unveiled in the US embassy.
Jewish community commemorates Pogrom Night
In the afternoon, the Jewish Community of Berlin, together with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), wanted to commemorate the Pogrom Night 81 years ago in the community hall on Fasanenstrasse. The New Synagogue, which today houses the Centrum Judaicum, barely escaped destruction during the pogroms of 9 November 1938 and was saved from major damage. During the Second World War, the synagogue was badly damaged by bombs.
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